Walt Beazley

Arkansas Gets Texas Tech in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

For the fifth straight year Arkansas is set to play in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge with a trip to Texas Tech on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

The Razorbacks take on Texas Tech for the first time since a 75-68 overtime win in 2016. Arkansas is 39-39 in the series against the former Southwest Conference foe having won six of the last seven games. The trip to Lubbock, Texas will be the first for the Razorbacks since 1990-91, the last season Arkansas was part of the SWC. Head coach Mike Anderson is 7-1 all-time against the Red Raiders.

All 10 of the Big 12’s schools and 10 of the 14 SEC schools are set to participate in the Challenge. This marks the fourth straight year with a bye in the league schedule for participating teams to accommodate the single-day format. The four SEC teams not participating will play each other in conference games the same day. The first two years of the challenge were played over several days in November and December but the 2019 event will be consolidated to one single day in January.

The Razorbacks contributed to the SEC’s cause last season with a 66-65 victory over Oklahoma State at Bud Walton Arena. The SEC won the Challenge 6-4.

Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will originate from one of the Challenge games.

2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge (January 26, 2019)
Alabama at Baylor
Arkansas at Texas Tech
Florida at TCU
Texas at Georgia
Kansas at Kentucky
Iowa State at Ole Miss
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
West Virginia at Tennessee
Kansas State at Texas A&M
Vanderbilt at Oklahoma